April 18, 2013
Vol. 4, No. 9
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California becomes 38th state to offer GED® test on computer

Computers

On February 27, when six students took portions of the GED® test at Ventura Adult School, California became the 38th state to offer the current exam on the computer. A few days later, four students at Antelope Valley Adult School in Lancaster also took the computer-based exam. As more test centers make the transition to computer-based testing, GED® teachers need to prepare students with both the academic and computer skills needed to be successful.

Change is coming. On January 2, 2014, the current test will become obsolete and the only way examinees will be able to earn their GED® certificate is at an approved testing center offering the computer-based exam. The pencil and paper format will no longer be offered, even as an option. The cost of taking the test administered by the GED Testing Service® External link opens in new window or tab is also schedule to increase, and 40 states and the District of Columbia are looking for an alternative.

"It's a complete paradigm shift because the GED has been the monopoly. It's been the only thing in town for high school equivalency testing. It's kind of like Kleenex at this point," said Amy Riker, director of high school equivalency testing for Educational Testing Service External link opens in new window or tab (ETS), which developed one of the alternative tests.

Both ETS and CTB/McGraw-Hill External link opens in new window or tab, the other competing testing service, have developed paper versions which they offer at roughly half the price of the computerized test.

This story is an OTAN News item.

 

Special Webinar Guest: Dr. Susan Manning

Susan Manning

OTAN is pleased to announce a special online webinar, From On-the-Ground to Online with Dr. Susan Manning, Friday, April 26 at 3:30 p.m. Free registration External link opens in new window or tab is available on the OTAN Web site.

Dr. Susan Manning External link opens in new window or tab is a teacher's teacher, providing professional development to prepare teachers to teach online. She got her start in teaching adult ESL, where she "cut her teeth in teaching and technology!" Now an author and instructional designer, Susan teaches a variety of courses in instructional design, online learning, technology tools, and the synchronous classroom. She has also been actively involved in the "badges for lifelong learning" discussion about acknowledging some of the informal learning that engages adults. Join her for an hour long discussion on moving from the ground to an online teaching environment. She will provide resources, technology tips and strategies as well as simple tools that will help you progress toward your online teaching goals.

Free online registration External link opens in new window or tab

This story can be found in OTAN News.

 

The President's 2014 Budget Request for Education

Budget FY 2014

OTAN Legislative Update

President Obama announced his 2014 budget proposal External link opens in new window or tab on Wednesday, April 10. The education initiatives in this budget are reflected in an updated portion of the Department of Education's website at www.ed.gov/budget14/ External link opens in new window or tab.

Specific budget information related to the Office of Vocational and Adult Education (OVAE) programs is in the document Fiscal Year 2014 Request External link opens in new window or tab on the OVAE Web site. Continued updates and analysis are expected in both OVAE Connection External link opens in new window or tab and the OVAE blog External link opens in new window or tab, according to the Department.

The Department's budget funds are intended to further the efforts of states and communities to improve their CTE programs and their adult education and literacy systems. The overall objective of these programs is to develop the academic, career, and technical skills of students in high schools, community colleges, adult education programs, and correctional institutions by (1) helping states to develop challenging standards; (2) promoting the integration of academic, career, and technical instruction; and (3) supporting state and local program improvements. Adult education programs support local efforts to provide educational services to adults who lack the basic or English literacy skills needed for them to benefit fully from job training, obtain better jobs, complete secondary education, succeed in postsecondary education, and become full participants in their children's education. The career and technical education programs are authorized by the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Improvement Act of 2006. The 2014 budget request would support their implementation under a reauthorized Perkins Act as outlined in the proposal the Department published in April 2012, Investing in America's Future: A Blueprint for Transforming Career and Technical Education External link opens in new window or tab. Adult education programs would be included in the pending Workforce Investment Act (WIA) reauthorization.

The administration has requested a total of $1.8 billion for OVAE, as follows,

  • $1.123 billion for Career and Technical Education State Grants
  • $17.8 million for Career and Technical Education National Programs
  • $595.0 million for Adult Education State Grants
  • $14.3 million for Adult Education National Leadership Activities

More details are available in this Federal Budget Update on OTAN.

The total 2014 budget request for OVAE comes to $1.75 billion, some $12 million more than the 2012 budget request.

From a Special Edition of OVAE Connection External link opens in new window or tab newsletter of the Office of Vocational and Adult Education, U. S. Department of Education, April 16, 2013.

 

Spring 2013 issue of OTAN Online Connection

The latest issue of OTAN's popular newsletter, OTAN Online Connection is available on our Web site. In it you will find some of the stories in this newsletter as well as other articles of interest to adult educators. If you are not already receiving the newsletter by e-mail or U.S. Mail, you can sign up by logging on to OTAN and updating your OTAN profile. Scroll to "Send me these OTAN publications" and select the ones you would like to receive. These publications and OTAN membership are always free.

Calendar

Find and register for training throughout California and conferences throughout the USA at the California Adult Education and Professional Development Web site External link opens in new window or tab.

The workshops listed below are subject to change.

Online Workshops

Moodle v2: Using the Lesson Activity
with Blair Roy
Apr. 23, 2013 – 4:00 PM to 5:30 PM

An Online Presence for Teachers
with Linda Swanson
Apr. 24, 2013 – 3:00 PM to 4:30 PM

Online Documents: Create, Share, and Collaborate!
with Melinda Holt
Apr. 25, 2013 – 3:00 PM to 4:30 PM

Create FREE Online Quizzes
with Barry Bakin
Apr. 26, 2013 – 1:30 PM to 3:00 PM

Moodle v2: Using Audio to Enhance Teaching and Learning
with Francisca Wentworth
Apr. 26, 2013 – 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM

Three Fun Online Activities for Students
with Kristi Reyes
May 3, 2013 – 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM

"Advanced ESL" Shared Moodle Course Orientation
with Francisca Wentworth
May 6, 2013 – 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM

USA Learns: A Web Based Tool for ESL Learners
with Evelyn Fella
May 7, 2013 – 3:00 PM to 4:45 PM

Moodle v2: Create a Course Web Site
with Blair Roy
May 8, 2013 – 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM

Moodle v2: Customizing Your Course and Grade Book
with Blair Roy
May 15, 2013 – 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM

Moodle v2: Using the Lesson Activity
with Blair Roy
Apr. 15, 2013 – 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM

Teaching Critical Thinking for the Internet
with Branka Marceta
May 29, 2013 – 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM

Face-to-Face Workshops

To schedule a workshop for the 2012-13 school year contact Linda Swanson at 800-894-3113 or lswanson@otan.us.

Mobile Devices in Adult Education
Apr. 26, 2013 – 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Fremont Adult and Continuing Education

Mobile Devices in Adult Education
Apr. 26, 2013 – 12:30 PM to 3:00 PM
Torrance Adult School - Griffith Adult Education Center

Online Documents - Create and Share on the Cloud! Series II
April 26, 2013 – 12:30 PM to 3:30 PM
Fresno Adult School - Cesar Chavez Campus

Online Documents and Tools - Create and Share on the Cloud!
May 3, 2013 – 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Fremont Adult and Continuing Education

Social Networking for Adult Education (Mostly Facebook)
May 3, 2013 – 12:30 PM to 3:30 PM
El Monte-Rosemead Adult School - Ramona

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